Garner bracing for extra traffic that 'Fortify' project will bring

Posted December 4, 2013

— Business is good at Garner TV and Appliance.

Manager Randy Pleasant chalks some of that up to the store’s great location on U.S. Highway 70 Business.

“It's pretty busy. In the morning commute, you see the flow pick up and it die down a little bit. In the evening, it picks back up,” he said.

Pleasant is hoping that “Fortify,” the state’s three-year project to rebuild an 11.5-mile stretch of Interstate 40-440, won't bring traffic jams.

There are no official alternate routes for the Foritfy, but many drivers will likely take Business 70 through Garner as a way to get around the delays expected with the road construction and lane closures.

“It's with us. It’s going to happen, so we've got to get ready for it,” Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said.

Williams said the town will reach out to residents and businesses, letting them know it's time to prepare for the extra traffic that Fortify will bring.

“We want them to know that they should be aware of what's going on and, in their own way, they can prepare for the extra cars coming through their neighborhoods,” he said.

Garner TV and Appliance Manager Randy Pleasant Garner bracing for extra 'Fortify' traffic

Pleasant says he's thinking about his own alternate route to work in the morning. He's also hoping the crush of cars, especially later next year and into 2015, won't take a bite out of his business.

“Hopefully, everything from the (Department of Transportation) and everybody's got this thing mapped out where everything's gonna be smooth,” he said. “But things, I'm sure, will not always be perfect.”


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  • I know some stuff Dec 6, 2013

    BRACING? What does that mean? There's nothing helpful nor meaningful in this story, for all those drivers who will be inconvenienced, for a project that does NOT need to be done. Anyone would be hard pressed to find anything wrong with that section of road, and I drive it twice a day.

  • mmtlash Dec 5, 2013

    Viva La Crawleigh!